Anurupa Roy’s Katkatha Puppet Arts Trust developed this show together with Vishal Dar, drawing on the Rama myth in Bhavabhuti’s ‘Uttararamacharita’. They combine an adapted form of Bunraku (the Japanese puppet art) with animation, as well as Kathakali and Chau dance, to focus more on what Ram thinks and feels than on what he does.
The Katkatha website features a brief description and a video: http://www.katkatha.org/aboutram.html
Anurupa Roy discusses the show in an interview for this forum, click here to read it:
The next show is at Prithvi Theatre, Mumbai:
shows on : 10th & 11th May 2008 ( 3 p.m. & 7 p.m.)
Tickets : 100/- (3 p.m. show), 150/- (7 p.m. show)
It has been touted by some newspapers as a children’s show, for six year olds and above, but it looks to be much more than that. It would be interesting to compare this production to Nina Paley’s Sita Sings the Blues.
This was first performed three years ago, but showed recently at the Indian Foundation of Arts The New Performance Festival in Bangalore. The Hindu discusses it in detail: